Making Excuses ESL Activities

Excuses, Excuses

ESL Making Excuses Activity - Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this fun making excuses activity, students practice giving excuses, starting with 'I'm sorry...'. One student has a diary of their partner's behaviour last week and has to ask for reasons for their actions, e.g. 'Why were you late for class last Monday?' Their partner uses the picture prompt for that day and gives an excuse, starting with 'I'm sorry...' The student listens to each excuse and writes the corresponding day next to the appropriate picture. When the students have finished, they compare worksheets to check their answers.
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What's your Excuse?

ESL Making Excuses Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this making excuses activity, students make excuses in response to requests, invitations and accusations using a variety of phrases. First, students match requests, invitations and accusations with the correct excuses. Next, students underline the phrases from the first exercise that are used to make excuses. After that, in pairs, students take it in turns to read out the requests, invitations and accusations listed to their partner who gives an excuse for each one. Students then write their partner's excuse in the space provided. Finally, review the excuses the students gave for each item as a class.
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